Santiago Oñate Laborde

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Santiago Oñate Laborde
Permanent Observer of Mexico to the Council of Europe
Assumed office
1 August 2013
Preceded byLydia Madero García
President of the Institutional Revolutionary Party
In office
18 August 1995 – 13 December 1996
Preceded byMaría de los Ángeles Moreno
Succeeded byHumberto Roque Villanueva
Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico
In office
1 December 1994 – 18 August 1995
PresidentErnesto Zedillo
Preceded byManuel Gómez Peralta
Succeeded byJavier Bonilla
President of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
1 October 1987 – 31 October 1987
Preceded byElba Esther Gordillo
Succeeded byCésar Augusto Santiago
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
for the Federal District′s 25th district
In office
1 September 1985 – 31 August 1988
Preceded byJesús Salazar Toledano
Succeeded byDemetrio Sodi
Personal details
Born (1949-05-24) 24 May 1949 (age 70)
Mexico City, Mexico
Political partyPartido Revolucionario Institucional
Alma materUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Santiago Oñate Laborde (b. Mexico City, 1949) is a Mexican lawyer and politician affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).[1]

Oñate Laborde graduated as lawyer from the Law Faculty in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1972. He has gone on to serve in several positions inside the PRI and in the Mexican government. He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1985 and to the Federal District Legislative Assembly upon expiration of his term as a federal legislator in 1998. In 1991 and 1992 he served as Ambassador to the Organization of American States and, in 1993, as the head of the Environmental Attorney's Office (Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Medio Ambiente or PROFEPA). In 1995 he was designated President of the PRI.[2] He served for President Carlos Salinas as the head of the Presidency's Office (Oficina de la Presidencia). President Ernesto Zedillo appointed him as Secretary of Labor.

In 1997, Oñate Laborde became Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom, position he would hold until 2001, year when he became Ambassador of Mexico to the Netherlands. While serving as ambassador in the Netherlands, he also acted as the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. His term as ambassador ended in 2003, but he would continue his activities in the OPCW, serving as legal adviser and later on as special adviser to the Director General. In 2013 he became the Permanent Observer of Mexico to the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, France.

He pursued further studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at the University of Wisconsin, the latter of which also saw him as professor, along with the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Leiden University.


  • Laborde, Santiago Oñate (1978), El acceso a la justicia y los no privilegiados en México (Access to justice and the underprivileged in Mexico) (in Spanish), Revista de Derecho Procesal. Iberoamericana
  • Woolomes Tabassi, Lisa; Laborde, Santiago Oñate; Rugarabamu, Donata (2010), OPCW: The Legal Texts (2 ed.), Asser Press, ISBN 90-6704-318-4
  • "La Acción Procesal en la doctrina y en el derecho positivo mexicano", Mexico, 1972.
  • "El Estado y el Derecho", S. Oñate and D. Pantoja, Anuies-Edicol, Mexico, 1977.
  • "Evolución del Derecho Procesal Mexicano", in LXXV Años de Evolución Jurídica en el Mundo, UNAM, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Mexico, 1978.
  • "Legal Aid in Mexico", in F. Zemans Legal Aid, Pinter Publishers, London, 1979.
  • "Legal Needs of the Poor and Disadvantaged", B. Garth, ed., Madison, Wisconsin, 1983.
  • "Los trabajadores migratorios frente a la justicia norteamericana", S.T.P.S.-FONEP, Mexico, 1983.
  • "El papel de juez en la resolución de Litigios Familiares", in International Congress of Comparative Law; National reports, H. Nakamura (ed.) Tokio, Japan, 1984.
  • "Administración de justicia y composición de conflictos laborales", in El Obrero Mexicano, Vol. 4, 21st century, Mexico, 1985.
  • "El Veto Suspensivo", in El Refrendo y las Relaciones entre el Congreso y el Ejecutivo, UNAM-Porrúa, 1987.
  • "El regimen de partidos", in Jornadas Jurídicas Nacionales, Fenase-Porrúa, 1987.
  • "Fuentes e interpretación del derecho parlamentario", in Derecho Parlamentario Iberoamericano, Porrúa, 1987.
  • "Nuevos mecanismos de defensa del ciudadano frente a la administración pública", in Administración Pública Contemporánea en México, Mexico, 1993.
  • "Presidentialisme en democratie. Het geval van Mexico", in Drie Kwesties in Latijns Amerikas, L. Malaver and M. Oostra., ed. LASO, Amsterdam, 2002.
  • "Decision on the Follow-up to the OPCW Action Plan on Article VII: Ensuring the Effective Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention", with L. Tabassi and Ralf Trapp, The CBW Conventions Bulletin, 69–70, September–December 2005, pp. 5–10.
  • "Lessons learned: Chemicals trader convicted of war crimes", with B. Exterkate, L. Tabassi and E. van der Borght, Journal Judiciaire de La Haye, volume 2, number 1, 2007, pp. 23–42.
  • "Sustaining follow-up to the Action Plan on Article VII: National Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention", with M. Lak, L. Tabassi and K-S. Melzer, in Chemical Disarmament, volume 5, number 1, March 2007, pp. 18–24.
  • "Industry Role in the Non-proliferation of Chemical Weapons", International Law Association, 74th Conference, The Hague, August 2010.
  • "The Chemical Weapons Convention: An Overview", Audiovisual Library of International Law, UN, 2010.
  • "The Relation between Due Process in International and National Human Rights Instruments and International Adjudication Mechanisms", en The Development and Effectiveness of International Administrative Law, edited by O. Elias, Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden-Boston, 2012, pp. 375–385.


  1. ^ "Party Leader Resigns Under Fire in Mexico – New York Times". 14 December 1996. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Strange Tale of Abduction By Governor From Mexico – New York Times". 20 August 1995. Retrieved 13 January 2011.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
María de los Ángeles Moreno
President of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional
Succeeded by
Humberto Roque Villanueva
Political offices
Preceded by
Manuel Gómez Peralta
Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare of Mexico
Succeeded by
Javier Bonilla
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Andrés Rozental Gutman
Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Alma Rosa Moreno Razo
Preceded by
Ignacio Pichardo Pagaza
Ambassador of Mexico to the Netherlands
Succeeded by
Sandra Fuentes-Berain Villenave
Preceded by
Lydia Madero García
Permanent Observer of Mexico to the Council of Europe